Real Name: Thomas Halloway
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Private detective
Affiliations: (Golden Age) Bob Soler (childhood friend), Dr.Lin (mentor), Human Torch, Patriot, Toro
(Silver Age) member of the Penance Council of the V-Battalion; , member of the All Winners Squad, possibly founder of the villain-killing Scourges (see comments).
Enemies: (Golden Age) Armless Tiger Man, the Big Boss, Butch, Cat's Paw, Count Lust, Count Vicaro, Dr. Hyde, Epicure of Crime, Fritz von Block, the Gargoyle, Gobbling Ghost, Mad Boar, Professor Torture, Python, Sacred One, Wolfman
(Silver Age) Stinger
Known Relatives: Unnamed father (prison warden), unnamed mother (deceased), possible brother (see comments)
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: Marvel Comics #1 (Timely Comics, October 1939)
Powers/Abilities: Able to fly / glide using his cloak, the fabled "Cape of Mercury". Skilled fighter. Knowledgeable in a wide variety of fields, especially the underworld.
History: (Marvel Mystery Comics #20, ga, text) After his mother died during childbirth, Thomas Halloway was raised by his prison warden father, actually growing up in his father's workplace. As well as being taught by tutors brought in by his father, the youth also befriended and learned from many of the inmates, gaining what would prove to be a valuable understanding of the criminal community. When he and his childhood friend Bob discovered that a prisoner was to be executed, they managed to intervene to save him. The grateful man described his saviour as an angel.
When Thomas reached adulthood he decided to become a private detective, and also adopted the costumed identity of "The Angel" to fight crime.
(Marvel Comics #1, ga) The Angel tracked down the racketeer known as The Big Boss.
(Marvels #1) Daily Bugle photographer Phil Sheldon spotted the Angel patrolling the roof tops of Manhattan.
(Marvel Mystery Comics #2-79, ga) No synopses available
(Human Torch #5, ga) No synopsis available
(Sub-Mariner #1-21, ga) No synopses available
(All-Winners Comics #1, ga) No synopsis available
(Mystic Comics II #1-3, ga) No synopses available
(Daring Comics #10, ga) No synopsis available
(Citizen V and the V-Battalion I #2) After the War, the Angel was one of a number of heroes who formed the Penance Council, the ruling body of the V-Battalion, dedicated to fighting the rise of dictatorships and other threats to the world.
(Citizen V and the V-Battalion II #1) In 1953 the Angel attended the funeral of his friend John Falsworth, the Union Jack of World War II.
Comments: Created by Paul Gustavson. Among the other people who worked on the character over the years was Carmine Infantino, who would become acknowledged as one of the greats of the industry.
The Angel has been brought back in the modern era, but thanks to lack of communication (probably) within Marvel, he has two conflicting fates, neither one of which treats one of the company's very first characters with a lot of respect. Realising the foul-up, they have tried to retroactively give Thomas Halloway a brother who also acted as the Angel, so that they can allow both stories to work. Whether either, both, or neither of these people who claimed to be the Golden Age Angel prove to be the real thing, only time will tell. I've not included them in the history above, but for your perusal, below are both versions:
(Marvel Super Heroes III #7, Incredible Hulk #432) Thomas Halloway fell on hard times after the war, eventually becoming a tramp who lived in the New York Sewer System.
(Captain America I #442) The villain Zeitgeist tracked the aged Halloway down, and killed him.
(USAgent #4, bts) After an bystander was killed, the Angel hung up his cape, unwilling to risk more innocent lives in his fight against crime. Still wishing to combat lawlessness and seeking a way to atone for his mistake, he eventually founded a group of trained assassins, the Scourges, who would ambush and murder costumed criminals.
Strictly speaking, the Angel's first post-Golden Age appearance was in Avengers I #97, when Rick Jones summoned forth mental projections of a number of Golden Age heroes, Halloway among them.
Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory and his Guide to Golden Age Marvel Characters. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own.
Thanks to Brad Newman for permission to use images from his Comic Book Cover Quest site on this page.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Angel, member of the X-Men
Angel, man with an inbuilt computer, from 2000 A.D.
Angel, vampire with a soul
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
Back to US Independents Page
All images and characters depicted on this site are copyright their respective holders, and are used for informational purposes only. No infringement is intended and copyrights remain at source.